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Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOARDMAN, Ohio -- The Western Reserve Building and Construction Trades Council will hold its fourth annual Motorcycle Bike Run Sunday to benefit the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the union hall of Local 66 of the Operating Engineers, 291 McClurg Road.  Cost if $15 per rider and $5 per passenger. All proceeds benefit United Way and the AFL-CIO Community Services. Panera Bread is providing the breakfast before the first bikes go out at 11 a.m. The Poker Run of 80 miles starts and finishes at the union hall with stops...

Thursday, July 31, 2014

KENT, Ohio – The School of Communications Studies and College of Business Administraation at Kent State University are offering an opportunity to earn two graduate degrees simultaneously: a master of arts in communication studies and a master of business administration beginning this fall. The university anticipates the dual-degree program should be “particularly attractive for managers, professionals and [undergraduate] students looking to enhance their communication skills to influence business in emerging global markets as well as develop skills to augment their...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

HAMDEN, Conn. -- Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, the Democratic challenger in the race for Ohio governor, remains largely unknown and is gaining little ground against Republican Gov. John Kasich who leads 48%-36%, finds a newly released poll by Quinnipiac University. This compares to a 50%-35% Kasich lead in a May 14 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University. The traditional gender gap exists as men back the Republican 53%-31%, while women are divided, with 43% for Kasich and 41% for FitzGerald. Kasich leads 92%-2% among Republicans and 47%-28% among...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley today announced the establishment of the First Place Community Fund, a new fund that will continue and expand the work of the First Place Community Foundation. The First Place Community Foundation, created by First Place Bank in 1998 to manage its charitable activities, will convert to a donor-advised fund within the Community Foundation, which provides investment management, grant-making and administrative services to nearly 100 donors and agencies throughout Mahoning and Trumbull counties. The fund is the third local fund...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Warehousing and distribution plays a big role in the economy of northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania but the industry is driven by more than freeway access and proximity to large markets, development specialists say. Randy Seitz, president and CEO of Penn-Northwest Development Corp. in Mercer, Pa.; Tracy Drake, CEO of the Columbiana County Port Authority in East Liverpool; and Sarah Boyarko, vice president, economic development, North America, for the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued 20 new permits for horizontal wells in the Utica shale last week – all in what is considered the southern tier of the oil and gas play. Oklahoma City-based Gulfport Energy Corp. received six permits -- five for wells in Monroe County and one for a horizontal well in Guernsey County. Eclipse Resources Inc., based in State College, Pa., was awarded five permits to drill in Guernsey County. Three other Pennsylvania companies – Rice Energy and EM Energy Ohio, based in Canonsburg, and Consol Energy of...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Author:  Michael Moliterno YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- For some people, it just comes naturally. They have a friendly smile, a delightful sense of humor and make you feel that you’re the only person in the room when they talk to you. These charismatic people have an advantage over their competition when it comes to careers in sales where the ability to quickly develop strong interpersonal relationships is vital. So what about the people who need some practice? The tool they’ve been waiting for might have arrived, thanks to Mike Helm. “Imagine...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Colcom Foundation in Pittsburgh has awareded funding to Westminster College that will allow it to expand its participation in the Lawrence and Mercer County Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring, the college announced Tuesday. The grant will be used to buy more water quality monitoring equipment, to publicize the program, and outreach efforts to educate and recruit additional volunteers. Amount of the grant was not disclosed. The aquatic resource monitoring program -- Allarm is the acronym -- originated at Dickinson College, founded by...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Female business owners in the Keystone State are invited to participate in a new business plan competition intended to showcase emerging businesses and celebrate female entrepreneurship. The Pennsylvania Commission for Women and the Pennsylvania Chapters of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) are the sponsors. The competition is open to female business owners in Pennsylvania who started their business on or after Jan. 1, 2012.  Through an application and interviews, NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh, NAWBO Greater Philadelphia and NAWBO Northeast PA, will each...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Nearly 3.6 million adults in Ohio go online to conduct business with government offices, finds a report from Connect Ohio. That number represents 47% of all adult Internet users in the state. Some 38% of Ohio Internet users go online to search for information about government services while 31% use the Internet to apply for government services or fill out forms at government websites, says the report "Making Government Accessible: e-Government Usage in Ohio" from Connect Ohio. “With a large amount of government services quickly transitioning to...

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